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Matthew Dal Santo

Former George F. Kennan Scholar


    March 4, 2019 — May 31, 2019

    Professional affiliation

    Independent Scholar

    Wilson Center Projects

    "А Tsar's Life for the People: The rehabilitation of Nicholas II and Russia's Search for а Viable, Post-Soviet Public Philosophy"

    Full Biography

    Dr. Matthew Dal Santo is a historian and writer. Educated at the Universities of Sydney and Cambridge, he received his PhD in ecclesiastical history from the University of Cambridge in 2009. He has been a scholar in residence at the British School at Rome, a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, and served as a policy officer with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. From 2014 to 2016, he was a Danish Research Council post-doctoral fellow at the University of Copenhagen, with an interest in the post-Soviet rehabilitation of the reputation of Russia’s last Tsar Nicholas II as an expression of the revival of both Russia’s traditional folk Tsarism and Orthodoxy’s ‘integral’ vision of Church and State. He is the author of Debating the Saints’ Cult in the Age of Gregory the Great (Oxford University Press, 2012) and has written for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The Spectator Australia, The National Interest, American Affairs, and the Lowy Institute for Foreign Policy. His next book, A Tsar’s Life for the People: The Romanovs and the Redemption of Putin’s Russia, will be published by Princeton University Press. Matthew speaks Russian, French, Italian, and Danish. He lives with his wife and daughter in Copenhagen, Denmark.